Monday, November 29, 2010

A 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance and a 100 word competition!

Anyone who knows Kate Walker, knows that she's an expert when it comes to writing romantic fiction.Well, someone who writes over 50 romantic novels that have been published in over 50 different countries, selling over 15 million books worldwide, clearly knows their stuff! (And if ever you get a chance to hear Kate talk about writing romantic fiction - or rather, how not to write romantic fiction (a talk she did at the Caerleon Writers' Holiday one year about the various names inexperienced romantic writers gave to their character's 'bits and pieces' was absolutely hilarious) then go, because you'll learn so much ... even if it is just to learn how to avoid using terms such as a 'throbbing manhood'.)

Kate's authoritative guide, Kate Walker's 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance, is packed full of advice and the third edition has just been published. Fourteen chapters explore the world of writing romance, from defining what romance is (which any bloke my find useful, irrespective of whether they write or not!), how to use sensuality to build up tension, finding out what makes a good hero, to creating a believable, happy ending. Each chapter has a set of 12 questions that the romance writer should ask about their work, which will help them to improve their text.

Kate also explains the tricky subject of writing the love scenes (not sex scenes - this is romance, remember?), whilst reminding you that the hero has to be an upstanding character (no, that isn't a euphemism) and consider safe sex. Modern romance needs to reflect modern society.

The book ends with a section of advice from other, prolific and expert romantic writers, including Julie Cohen, Kate Hardy, Natasha Oakley, Gill Sanderson and Trish Wylie.

Here's your opportunity to win a copy of Kate's book.
If you've ever thought of giving romantic fiction a go, then read Kate's book. And here's one way you can do that.

1. In no more than 100 words, write a love-at-first-sight scene between two characters.
2. Email your entry to simonwhaley[at]
3. The deadline for entries is 10th December 2010.
4. The winner will be notified within a week, and the winning entry will appear on this blog.

Good luck!

Kate Walker's 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance is published by Aber Publishing, priced £10.99.

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